January 31, 2017 / 2:27 PM / 2 years ago

Italy court sentences former railway chief to 7 years in prison

LUCCA, Italy Jan 31 (Reuters) - A judge on Tuesday condemned the former CEO of Italy’s state railways company Mauro Moretti to 7 years in prison for his role in one of the country’s worst rail tragedies.

Prosecutors in September had asked for a 16-year prison sentence for Moretti, who is currently CEO of state-run defence group Leonardo.

In June 2009 a freight train hauling liquefied gas derailed, partly overturned and exploded in the Tuscan seaside town of Viareggio. The subsequent fire and collapse of a building killed 32 people.

Leonardo was not immediately available for a comment.

Shares in Leonardo were down more than 3 percent at 1421 GMT, their lowest in more than two months.

Reporting by Silvia Ognibene, writing by Stephen Jewkes

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